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Eddy brews a Christmas cracker

Eddy holding a box of DEYA beers alongside his colleagues

Eddy Hope, a former work outcomes student at National Star, is toasting his new job at craft brewery DEYA.

Eddy started his paid role after completing a month of voluntary work with the support of his job coach. Once he left National Star, he began working one day a week at the Cheltenham brewery. Eddy’s duties in the warehouse include picking and packing orders received through DEYA’s online shop.

‘It’s been a real journey for us and Eddy,’ said Rachael Evans, Warehouse Manager at DEYA.

‘When he first arrived, he was quite shy, not very talkative and relied heavily on his job coach. Now he works independently and can solely take care of his job. He’s a very funny and clever character with an amazing memory. He is well suited to the job he does,’ said Rachael.

Eddy preparing an order

Eddy’s confidence has soared since working at DEYA thanks to the fantastic support of the team around him and travel training that has enabled him to travel to and from work independently.

‘Once he started to do things on his own, I could sense a huge feeling of pride and achievement in himself. He really is a changed person. It’s been a great thing for both DEYA and Eddy, and so wonderful to see,’ said Rachael.

DEYA has been a huge supporter of National Star since 2018. The brewery takes part in Cheltenham Beer Week every year in partnership with other breweries, for which National Star has been a nominated charity.

DEYA can artwork designed by students

This year DEYA is launching a Christmas beer, with 100% of the profits going to the charity. National Star students have been busy designing the artwork for the cans.

Find out how our work programmes prepare young people with disabilities for the world of work or volunteering after college.

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